3M’s Q4 profits beat Wall Street expectations despite flat sales growth

3M officials had previously warned that revenue for the fourth quarter and full year were likely to be flat because of pressures from the strong U.S. dollar, which generally makes U.S.-made goods more expensive overseas. In some cases, 3M responded by lowering product prices, which improved its competitive standing abroad, Gangestad told analysts Tuesday.

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We Energies to idle one of its coal plants for half the year

The plant hasn’t been called on much during the spring and fall in┬árecent years, utility spokesman Brian Manthey said. The reason: in the wholesale power market, natural-gas-burning plants are called on first because the fuel is cheaper than coal.

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